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Taking Back The Country

Sad news today — Dennis Kucinich has officially dropped out of the Presidential race. Yeah, clearly he never had a chance to begin with. But it did make for some nice daydreaming — after all, he was the one candidate who actually believes that this country can and should be the country we were all taught about back in High School government and civics classes. My, how far off course we have strayed over the last 25 years.

So back to reality — who now represents our best hope for taking our country back? Of the remaining candidates, John Edwards certainly seems to understand the basic problem better than anyone else. We are indeed a country of “two Americas” where wealth and greed are ruining our once-great country. And Edwards is dead on when he says that “corporate greed and corporate power has an ironclad hold on our democracy.” Corporate lust for oil is why we are in Iraq, corporate welfare and tax cuts for wealthy executives are why the economy is tanking, global warming and pollution are a direct result of corporate indifference to the quality of life. The list goes on and on. More than ever before we need a chief executive who will wrest control of the country from the corporations and give it back to the citizens.

And then there’s Barack Obama. As much as I like him and his message, his continual talk of bipartisanship drives me up the wall. And WTF was that tribute to Ronald Reagan all about? Sheez, that’s where the current mess originated! Right now the Republican party does not believe in the rule of law nor democracy. It is that simple. And you can’t possibly work with people like that, who’s ideas are so far removed from what this country is supposed to be. The Republican party of today needs to be totally dismantled, and rebuilt by true conservatives who still believe in democracy — wherever they might be hiding out these days. But until that happens, there can be no quarter given. Barack just does not seem to understand this.

And finally we have Hillary. Ah, to watch all the exploding heads of the wingnuts for four years! Now there’s a nice daydream! But seriously, the problem with Hillary is that she is clearly the least progressive of the candidates. The idea that conservatives find her “liberal” is rather humorous. And here’s the real irony — of all the Democratic candidates, Hillary is certainly the most conservative and thus in a rational world would be the least objectionable to a Republican. But alas, there’s certainly nothing rational when it comes to the Republican world.

All that said, I think it should be painfully clear that whatever happens, we as a country can not survive four more years of a Republican White House. We’ve already slipped to being the 17th most democratic country in the world — one can only imagine how much further down the list another Republican regime would take us. Regardless of who gets elected, it’s going to be a long, hard road just to fix everything that has gone wrong over the last eight years. As secret and closed as this administration has been, I shudder to think about all the crap that has been done that we have yet to find out about. But as the late and great Molly Ivins used to say, the first rule of holes is that when you are in one, stop digging! And in order to stop digging, it’s mandatory to get a Democrat, any Democrat, in to the White House.

Thus the real and only issue at play here is electability. And that’s where I think Hillary Clinton should be the nominee. She’s the one with the most political savvy, the one who is smart enough not to bring a knife to a gun fight. And this will be one major gun fight come Fall. The wealthy and the corporate whores are not going to go quietly in to the night — the amount of swift-boating that’s going to occur will make the election of 2004 look like a kindergarten tea party. And if Obama gets the nomination, we’ll see a constant barrage of hidden racist attacks — anyone who thinks racism is no longer a significant issue in this country clearly slept through the entire Katrina disaster. We’re a “politically correct” country when it comes to race, so you don’t see much of it publicly. But in private, it’s a whole different story. Look at Katrina, look at the immigration issue. We’re still very much a racist society, and race still very much matters in today’s politics.

I know a lot of people these days are taking exception to the way that Hillary and yes, Bill Clinton, are running their campaign. And indeed I’m put off by a lot of it. Quite frankly, a lot of the sniping doesn’t make any sense to me at all. But here’s the kicker — you have to remember that there’s a huge number of downright idiots out there who are going to vote. Just three short years ago, 62 MILLION Americans went out and voted for George Bush. After four years of everything going wrong, of nothing but lies and criminal acts and total incompetency at every level of the government — 62 million people still voted to send the Village Idiot back to the White House. How this moron got elected once boggles the mind, let alone twice. And yet there you have it. So how do you go about getting elected President in Idiot America? Beats the heck out of me — I can only trust that between Hillary and Bill they’ve got a plan, and it will work.

It’s our only hope. And it’s our last hope.